One of the toughest things we face as animal owners is the fact that cats and dogs can’t tell us when something is wrong. The only thing we can do to stop serious health problems from affecting our animals is to watch out for the symptoms and get them diagnosed/treated right away. Cat wheezing can be a tell-tale symptom of feline asthma and is often easily treated by cleaning up their environment, while also possibly getting them on a cat inhaler to alleviate their symptoms.
Just like humans; cats can just as easily be irritated by dust, pollen and other allergens in the air. If they have asthma or other breathing troubles then an attack can happen very easily. Cat wheezing every once in a while can also be caused by hairballs, or other obstructions which can be dealt with by brushing your cat more often and getting a high-quality hairball reducing cat food.
Humidifiers are another way to reduce and prevent cat wheezing, which will make their quality of life better. Since only 1-2% of all cats develop asthma and other breathing problems, you may find that there isn’t a great deal of information out there to browse.
The fact is that breathing problems for animals and humans is on the rise due to increasingly polluted air, particularly in metropolitan areas and you have to watch your kitty closely to notice the signs.
If you find your cat wheezing on a frequent basis (every day or two), get them to a vet for an examination. For serious attacks your cat might be given a cortisone shot to open up restricted airways, then given an inhaler and perhaps a special diet to reduce their symptoms. As with any health problems, early detection will prevent damage to your cat’s heart, lungs and other organs.
Cat incontinence is a somewhat rare problem that mainly affects female cats who have been “fixed” when they get older. To make matters worse, if your feline friend has this condition, they have no control over the problem whatsoever, as opposed to a healthy cat that urinates anywhere they wish for other reasons. It is possible for males to get this condition if they have issues with their bladder as well, but regardless your cat must be checked if this condition presents itself.
Some main causes of cat incontinence are:
Weak bladder — this is the problem that grips older females who have been spayed (fixed). The bladder sphincter becomes weak and they urinate involuntarily.
Diabetes — your cat will tend to drink more water, since the disease will make them more thirsty and can make it hard for them to get to their litter box quickly.
Urinary tract infection — like diabetes, your cat will feel the need to urinate more often as their bodies are trying to flush the infection out.
Laziness — this is normally a product of environment and training. If you have a large house, with the litter box a long way away from where your cat plops themselves for the day — or they have behavioral problems and don’t feel the urgency to get to their box (cat incontinence is involuntary, but laziness can be mistaken for incontinence). When you suspect this problem it’s important to catch your cat to determine if it’s health related or laziness.
If your cat does indeed have feline incontinence, there are a wealth of treatments available to correct the problem — most of which target hormonal problems, or issues associated with the neurotransmitters in your cat’s brain that send a signal to the bladder to tell it when to start/stop.
Once diagnosed; you can find many of these treatments and medications from online retailers at a significant discount over veterinarian prices.
Most of us would probably agree that there are thousands of things we would rather be spending our time doing than cleaning cat urine. Don’t forget that cleaning the stuff up will be much more pleasant than smelling it for years to come: Ask any cat owner that has had a cat relieve themselves on a carpet, article of furniture, hardwood flooring, etc. Once the smell seeps in, it can really seem impossible at times to get rid of it.
Tried & True Method
First and foremost for when you start cleaning cat urine: Soak up as much of it as you can with paper towels, wet/dry vacuum, etc. Don’t let it soak in to the area any longer than is possible.
Next, generously sprinkle baking soda all over the affected area, then spray or pour some diluted vinegar on it (pure vinegar can be used, but not diluting it may discolor fabrics).
Use an old scrub brush or rag and thoroughly wipe the area.
Now sprinkle some more baking soda on and follow up with some hydrogen peroxide and a few drops of dish soap (or laundry detergent).
Scrub again and don’t forget the “elbow grease.” Follow up with a vacuuming.
Any areas that don’t have fabric can be bleached. Bleach is actually the most effective home remedy for cleaning cat urine, but it will destroy clothes and carpets.
If all else fails, or you don’t want to spend time using the method above: Look for commercial products with enzymes in them specifically designed to break down the smell of cat urine. Don’t feel like you’re alone in thinking that cat urine is one of the most offensive and hard to destroy smells that will grip your home: It is and can be quite embarrassing having a friend or neighbor point out the smell while you’re having dinner or drinks.
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It’s important that you as an owner, are aware of most of the cat illness symptoms that can indicate your furry friend is in need of some help. Most cats will display a number of symptoms when they become ill and a little watchful observation by you will go a long way to maintaining their health. Some feline sicknesses can be dealt with at home, while others may require you to get to your veterinarian for a closer examination.
See below for 4 symptoms you should be aware of:
Depression: This is a tough problem to tackle, as our ability to communicate is at a significant disadvantage. Feline depression may be brought on by an untreated physical illness, or can be caused by loneliness, change in surroundings (I.e., moving to a new house, new owners), bullying by other pets, or mental illnesses that can be hard to diagnose.
Discharges from the eyes and ears: A discharge similar to mucous is normal from the eyes in small amounts, but if you see a lot of discharge from the eyes and/or the ears, it could be a sign of infection.
Frequent/Infrequent trips to the litter box: A healthy cat will urinate once every 2 – 3 hours and should move their bowels 2 or 3 times per day. If they are at the litter box every hour, or urinating all over the house, these are cat illness symptoms that cannot be ignored as they could be developing feline diabetes (especially if your cat seems to drink a lot of water) or have a urinary tract infection. Constipation can be serious, or they may need a higher quality food with more fiber content.
Hair-loss: This is one of the less common cat illness symptoms, but is usually caused by malnutrition or a variety of skin conditions such as dermatitis, fleas and bathing with the wrong shampoo (cats have oils on their skin that are essential to the health of their coat). Hair-loss and skin issues are cat illness symptoms that normally require intervention, so be on the lookout.
The family pet is an important part of American homes, often just like part of the family itself. Of course, we don’t go to the extent of inviting our pets over to the dining table, but our love for them is very clear. Keeping our pets healthy is a top priority, given how much we care for them. Here are a few steps to help you make sure that your pets enjoy long and fruitful lives.
Make sure to annually vaccinate your pets. Despite this, a lot of pet owners are declining vaccines due to the safety issues involved. That still shouldn’t stop you from having your pets vaccinated, as it may help them avoid contracting certain deadly diseases like the canine parvovirus. You can protect your pets from these diseases with a standard vaccination, and save money in the long run – they can be very expensive to treat otherwise. The standard costs for treatment can often go over $1,000, including the costs of hospitalization and medicine. Vaccines cost much less than that.
The next thing to consider is dental care. Make sure you have your pets’ dental check-ups scheduled on a regular basis. Dogs that regularly get fed human food are especially in need of regular dental care. Do not take this lightly as liver, heart and kidney diseases can easily set in if your pets’ teeth aren’t well maintained. In fact, there are studies that show that 80% of all pets over three years old have some form of dental disease. It may not really sound like fun, but brushing our pets’ teeth can greatly reduce the risk of dental disease and other health issues in our pets. For our pets’ teeth, preventive measures are just as important.
Finally, we need to carefully monitor our pets’ weight and diet. Usually, monitoring our pets’ diet and making sure it is balanced is the best preventive measure. Choosing a good brand of pet food can help set us in the right path as pet owners to prevent obesity in our pets. Overweight pets may seem cute on the surface, but be aware that an overweight or obese pet can develop serious health problems. Among the health problems an overweight pet can acquire are joint pain and arthritis, as well as cardiovascular issues. A dog treadmill can be an excellent way to exercise your pet if the weather is bad or you live in an unsafe area.